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Graphic 45 Night Before Christmas Snowman Card

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Graphic 45 Night Before Christmas Snowman Card with Spellbinders Santa’s Circle Crew

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I have an adorable Graphic 45 Night Before Christmas Snowman Card Tutorial for you today.  It’s made with Spellbinders new Santa’s Circle Crew and Merry & Bright Petite Blooms Dies.  Quick and easy to make cards are always good to have on hand during the holiday season.

Use Your Scraps

Know what I like the most about these two die sets?  The pieces are small, which means they give you a great way to use up those small scraps of patterned papers. In fact, I did not cut into any new sheets of my designer paper to make this card.  With the exception of the card base, every single element is cut from a scrap of Night Before Christmas.  It’s always gratifying to whittle away at our scraps!

TIP: Try saving the “negative” image of a die cut to use as a frame in another project.  Last year, I cut a card layer with a postage stamp die.  (You can see that card tutorial HERE.) I positioned the die on my glitter paper so that I would have enough of an edge all the way around it to make a frame for later use.  And this year, it became the frame that my cute snowman sits inside.

 

TIP: Die cut foliage and flowers to provide an “anchor” for your snowman embellishment.  And googly eyes are always a fun addition to a cute card like this one.

A Peek Inside

Dress the inside of your card up with more pretty papers, pockets, tags and goodies.

I’ll show you how to make this cute little gift packet in the video tutorial, too.  It’s such a fun way to dress up a tea bag!

Now we’ve created “more than just a card.”  We also have a gift, and a cute piece of home decor to brighten up our Christmas kitchen or office.

Graphic 45 Night Before Christmas Snowman Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I made this  quick and easy Christmas card, I hope you’ll grab a cuppa and join me over on my YouTube Channel.

 

Did you enjoy that?  Pick up any new tips or ideas?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders Gnome Drive Card Tutorial

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Spellbinders Gnome Drive Card Tutorial with Photoplay Serendipity

Hello, Friends!  This adorable birthday card is made with Spellbinders Gnome Drive dies.  It’s part of the August release and it is so much fun to work with.  I’ve paired it up with vibrant Serendipity papers from Photoplay.  This gnome in her snazzy pink convertible looks ready to party!

There are 6 die sets and one sentiment stamp set in this fun release.  Our birthday party gnome is made with both the Holiday and Hearts for You set.  I also got the Spring set which features St. Patrick’s Day and Easter dies, but I’ll share those later when we are closer to the holiday.

If you are only going to get one die from this set, I  highly recommend that you get Gnome Drive Holiday.  That’s because it is the only set that comes with the car and the gnome body.  The other sets are what I call “add on” dies.

Tips for Working with Tiny Dies

Do you ever struggle when working with a die that has a lot of little pieces and layers?  I have a few helpful tips to make the job easier.

  • First, place your dies on a magnetic sheet so that  you don’t lose any of the itty bitty pieces.  It’s no fun digging through the trash can looking for that tiny gnome nose or steering wheel, let me tell you!
  • Save money by using magnetic furnace vent sheets instead of manufacturer magnetic die sheets.  Cut them to the size you need and you’ll save a ton of cash so you can buy more dies!
  • Die cut each piece from 110# cardstock (you can use scraps) before you die cut from patterned paper.  Then use the 110# cardstock as a base for the pattered paper.  It’s so much easier to handle small pieces this way.
  • Keep a small bowl or box at your side and place each die cut piece in it so they don’t get lost.
  • Finally, place each die back on the magnetic sheet after it has been cut.
A Peek Inside

Finish this cheery card with an inside pocket and gift card wallet.  You will learn how to make the wallet in the video tutorial for this card.

Gnome Drive Holiday Card

Here’s our happy little gnome getting ready for Christmas.  I don’t know what it is about gnomes, but they always make me chuckle!  I added googly eyes for even more fun.  Graphic 45 Twas the Night Before Christmas papers work perfectly with the Picot Petite Circle and glittery Christmas paper. Of course, I had to add some rusty jingle bells to the bow.

This simple card “recipe” works for any season or theme.  The same holds true for the gnomes.  Just change the papers, and they become gnomes for all seasons.

Throwback Thursday Gnome Drive Birthday Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me as I put the pieces of the Happy Birthday Gnome card together, please enjoy this video tutorial.

 

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Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Night Before Christmas Postage Edge Card Tutorial

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Night Before Christmas Postage Edge Card Tutorial with Spellbinders Dies

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I have a festive Night Before Christmas Postage Edge Card Tutorial to share with you.  These are brand new dies from Spellbinders Paper Arts, and they make card layering a breeze!  I’ve paired them up with Graphic 45’s Twas the Night Before Christmas papers, but they would work well with any collection.

This is one of my signature Tea Party in a Box creations.  I love making these as holiday gifts.  Today’s tutorial focuses on creating the cover of the card.  But you can find a tutorial for making a Tea Party in a Box card base HERE.

A Peek Inside

Do you struggle when it comes to using some large images on a card?  Well, here’s a tip that will help you with that!  Turn the base page into an interactive gatefold mechanism inside your card.

  • First, trim the bottom of the 12×12 paper just below Santa’s boots.
  • Now measure up 5 5/8″ and cut straight across the the paper.
  • Next, center the Santa image on the top of your card.
  • Then use a pencil or a stylus to mark how far to score each side panel.
  • Score the panels, then fold them in toward the center of the card.
  • Adhere the gatefold mechanism to the card base.
  • Trim the 6″ x 4″ journal card to measure 5 1/2″ in width.
  • Then adhere just the left hand side of the image to the left hand gate.
  • Decorate the top and bottom of the green stripe paper with border pieces and fussy cut holly.

It’s cute, and a fun surprise to open!

 

Use paper scraps to dress some cookies, a York Peppermint Pattie, Holiday Tea Bah, and honeystick.  Tuck in a vintage Italian demitasse spoon and a cute little 2 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ note card.

Night Before Christmas Postage Edge Card Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to see how to layer up all those neat Postage Edge Squares on the front of your card?  Then please enjoy this short and easy to follow video tutorial on YouTube.

 

I know this was a short tutorial today.  But there is a good reason.  Our 4th grandbaby, and our first grandson, Finn Michael was born last week.  Between that wonderful event, and wedding plans for our daughter and the Button Farm Club Kit, I ran out of time!  I’ll do better next week! Hopefully!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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